Time for that Back to School shopping craze? Why not make a difference and buy your books through Better World Books. Better World Books is a company with a Triple Bottom Line – meaning they’re out for more than just profit. They contribute to over eighty literacy partners including Room to Read, Books for Africa, Worldfund, and National Center for Families Learning. Every time you buy a book (including textbooks!) from Better World Books, they donate a book to someone in need.
Along with investing their resources in people, Better World Books invests in the planet by offsetting the carbon from shipping their books and rescuing and collecting thousands of tons of books, diverting them from landfills. They have reused or recycled over 130 million books and reclaimed 900,000 pounds of metal shelving from libraries across America.
The California support group, The Amputee Connection, serves as a support network and resource for amputees. Their mission is “to serve and encourage people with limb loss to enhance their physical and emotional health through peer counseling, educational and recreational programs, and public relations.” They hold monthly meetings and facilitate peer visits – whereby an Amputee Coalition certified Peer Visitor visits someone who is about to lose a limb or has recently undergone surgery.
“The vision of the Amputee Connection is to empower caregivers, families and friends to optimize the care and well being of people with limb loss in Southern California.”
Tim W. raised $190.85 for his cause, Cat Depot!
Cat Depot is so much more than just a homeless cat shelter; its state-of-the-art facility houses rescued cats, an activity and education center, and a surgery center. In 2013, Cat Depot rescued over 900 cats and placed 846 of them in loving homes. Cat Depot began as a solution to a problem: there were hundreds of abandoned cats at a former shelter in Sarasota and five community members decided something had to be done. Eleven years later, they have grown from their beginnings in a rented warehouse and have set a goal of rescuing and placing 1000 cats in 2014.
For his efforts, Tim will receive $150 worth of Only Natural Pet products from Pet360.
FedEx has built a global network serving more than 220 countries and territories and moving over 8 million packages every single day. They are proud of the ways they connect the world and believe their responsibility to provide access to opportunity extends beyond their customers. They’re committed to supporting the communities they serve through strategic investment of their people, resources and network within three focus areas: Disaster Readiness Relief and Recovery, Pedestrian and Road Safety, and Environmental Sustainability. FedEx is also proud to support the efforts of United Way and ORBIS International.
“EarthSmart is our way of recognizing and encouraging innovative initiatives to improve environmental performance, engage our team members and custormers and inspire others to follow our lead,” – Fedex Global Citizenship Report, 2013
FedEx is uniquely positioned to help with disaster relief due to their extensive global network. ”When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, Fedex worked with Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International to deliver more than $10 million worth of relief aid to devastated communities across the region,” – Fedex Global Citizenship Report, 2013.
The Baitul Salaam Network shelter program in Georgia helps women and children in crisis. They have housed (or paid for the housing of) over 1300 women and children since they opened their doors in 1999. They help families get back on their feet after abuse or neglect by helping them in their job search (gas money and bus fare) and giving them a safe place to sleep. They are hoping to expand to be able to meet the emergency housing needs in their community – currently they work with other shelters and with private homeowners to house women and children in need.
Baitul Salaam, Inc
Sarah V. raised $203 for her cause, Lamplighters Music Theater.
Based in San Francisco, Lamplighters is a non-profit theater company and as Alan Rich of LA Weekly put it, ”The best Gilbert & Sullivan available in this country”. Lamplighters has been showcasing its elaborate productions since 1952.
Pirates of Penzance, playing in the 2014-2015 Lamplighters season
“The Lamplighters is a San Francisco tradition ranking somewhere between sourdough bread and cable cars”
– Robert Commanday, Editor, San Francisco Classical Voice
For her efforts, Sarah will receive a $200 PSPrint gift certificate.
For every Teavana Oprah Chai product sold at Teavana or Starbucks, Starbucks will donate to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. This includes $0.25USD for each Teavana Oprah Chai prepared beverage, $1USD per 2 oz. of Teavana Oprah Chai Loose-Leaf Tea, $1USD per reusable storage tin, $1USD per small gift set and $4USD per large give set. Product selection varies by location.
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation supports the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, providing funding and supporting its alumni. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls was founded in 2007 as a boarding school that would accept the most promising girls from disadvantaged backgrounds across South Africa. According to Oprah, “through exemplary service to their communities, [the girls] have demonstrated their potential to effect positive and enduring change. The Academy will nurture this potential, and raise the next generation of transformative South African leaders.”
Refuge Services is a community supported non-profit in Texas that provides equine therapy services to children and adults with special needs and disabilities, at-risk youth, and veterans. As they state, “Nationwide, equine-assisted therapies continue to gain popularity as a legitimate form of treating many issues from disabilities to mental health and behavioral diagnoses. Refuge Services provides a therapeutic setting for physical, occupational, speech-language, or licensed mental health professionals to incorporate horses into their treatment plan.”
Equine-assisted therapy provides opportunities that traditional therapy plans can’t offer. ”Communication, trust, and bonding between the client and the horse provide a unique opportunity for increased productivity that has not been previously experienced in a traditional therapy session. The counselors and therapists are able to transfer the relationship between the horse and individual to the implementation of therapeutic goals and objectives, capitalizing on the increased self-esteem, body awareness, stimulated senses and overall positive receptiveness of the individual,” states Refuge Services.
All donations go towards lowering costs and providing scholarships for clients.
Ceil M. is our June super shopper, raising $191.54 in one month for the cause United Against Puppy Mills!
United Against Puppy Mills is an organization that raises awareness about the realities of puppy mills. Many commercial puppy mills exist solely for the purpose of cheaply breeding as many pups as possible, often at the expense of living standards and basic medical care for the dogs (especially the mothers). United Against Puppy Mills provides information and support to campaigns against puppy mills as they currently exist, as well as keeping track of reputable breeders for those who do want to buy a dog (if they can’t adopt from a shelter).
Ceil will receive a $150 value Amazon gift card for the fabulous shopping efforts!
Claire H. is this month’s Super Shopper. As a supporter of Shi-Tai United Fund, Inc, Claire raised over $850 in one month by shopping through iGive!
Shi-Tai United Fund Inc. (STUF) is a nonprofit charitable organization established by members of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North Amerca (TCCNA). STUF is dedicated to promoting charitable causes among TCCNA members. Their goal is to become “the United Way of Taiwanese Community.”
In support of her dedication to supporting her Cause through iGive, Calendars.com will be sending a prize packet to Claire! The packet includes: Orange Circle Reusable Shopping Bag, Life In Progress Memo Mousepad, ChoreChart Notepad, Yay! Mom! Magnet, Custom Calendar Kit and more valued at over $200.
Congratulations Claire – and on behalf of your Cause, thanks for all you do.